Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Nokia Icon 4G LTE of VerizonWireless looks good. Official Video Hands-On.

WorldWide Tech & Science. Francisco De Jesùs.

The Nokia Icon has a high-resolution, 5-inch display; a large, long-lived battery; a fast  2.2GHz quad-core processor  and the ability to transmit data over the high-speed LTE network. The 2420mAh battery provides long-lasting power and includes support for wireless charging

Nokia has tried to distinguish the Icon by giving it a super-sharp camera and a suite of custom applications. Its 20-megapixel camera is one of the highest-resolution cameras you'll find in a smartphone.

The pictures shot on the Icon were generally sharper and had truer colors. The Icon also seemed to do a better job in low ambient light or with a lot of contrast between bright and dark areas.

Other neat features on the Icon's camera app include a mode called "smart sequence" that allows users to shoot a burst of 10 photos at four frames a second. After you take the pictures, you can choose the best shot among them, replace a person's face from one shot with their face from an earlier or later one, combine multiple exposures into an action shot, or blur the background of the combined photos to focus on the moving objects within them.

Nokia has supplemented its main camera app with one that allows users to take panoramic photos, and another that allows users to edit pictures after they've taken them.

That app, called Nokia Creative Studio, allows users to preview what their photos will look like if certain filters are applied. What's more fun is that it's easy for users to blur the background of their pictures or have only particular items within them be in color while the rest of the scene is changed to black-and-white.

Another camera app Nokia has made available for the Icon is something called Cinemagraph, which allows users to create pictures that look like stop-motion animations, with people or pets or other objects moving within a still background. I'm not sure how often an app like that would come in handy, but it's fun to play with.

The most compelling non-camera app for the Icon is Here Maps, Nokia's answer to Google Maps. Like that app, Here Maps offers point-to-point directions for drivers and pedestrians. But unlike Google Maps, Here Maps stores its maps on the device, so you don't have to worry about losing your maps if you are out of cellular range.

Here Maps has  an augmented reality feature called LiveSight, which overlays icons representing points of interest on top of a live view of your surroundings taken from the camera. Using the phone's compass and GPS antenna, LiveSight can point you to nearby retailers, restaurants or parks. If you tap on any of their icons, you can get phone numbers, street addresses and user reviews. The app also has what looks like a radar display that shows a 360-degree view of all the points of interest in the area.

VerizonWireless Press Release:

In today’s social world, capturing and sharing video is more important than ever. And no one wants to share a blurry, shaky video with a bunch of background noise. Having the right smartphone to shoot video makes the difference.
The exclusive Nokia Lumia Icon running Windows Phone 8 enables sharing of HD video with social followers. The 20-megapixel PureView camera records in 1080p and lets users zoom using one finger without losing resolution, meaning less grainy videos.
But megapixels aren’t everything when capturing video. The Lumia Icon also has Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) to help eliminate that shaky video experience. And four digital mics record undistorted stereo sound while reducing background noise. Vloggers and Vine users can spend less time reshooting their videos and more time working on their next projects.
When it comes to capturing pictures, however, the smartphone features Zeiss® optics to help users get the shot they want, when they want it. No more saying, “Wait, one more, that one was blurry,” or “Why is it so dark?” Having the right camera means photo takers can say “got it” and move on to the next shot, and 4G LTE connectivity allows for real-time tweeting and posting of those moments to Instagram as they happen.
Additionally, users can bring out their artsy sides and edit photos using the Creative Studio app on the smartphone for a personalized picture experience. Features of the app include adding focus blur or color pop effects and creating collages to share with friends.
Photos aren’t the only thing that can be personalized. Windows Phone 8 helps users customize their Start Screens with Live Tiles and the apps they want. It also works seamlessly at no cost with other Microsoft products such as Microsoft Office, Xbox, SkyDrive and Skype.
The Nokia Lumia Icon also has a 5-inch Full HD display with Nokia ClearBlack technology so users can still see their pictures and emails in direct sunlight. The 2420mAh battery provides long-lasting power and includes support for wireless charging, while the 2.2GHz quad-core processor lets users multitask with email, games, videos and more.
The Global Ready™ Nokia Lumia Icon will be available starting Feb. 20 online and in stores for $199.99 with a new two-year activation. The Verizon Edge program is also available for eligible customers who want to upgrade.

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